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Club Information

Next Meeting

Thursday June 2nd 2022

Massanutten Amateur Radio Association, Inc., is a Virginia Corporation devoted to amateur radio operators interested in emergency radio communication.   The club’s normal meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at Wood Grill Buffet Harrisonburg, Virginia.    Most members arrive around 6:30 pm to enjoy a buffet meal together in the private meeting room.  The business meeting starts around 7:30 pm,

Guests are always welcome. If you have an interest in Amateur Radio we would love to have you attend a meeting.

Field Day

Field Day 2022 is being held at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds on June 25-26. Field Day is an opportunity for radio amateurs to test their equipment and operate under emergency power. In the event of an emergency, normal power and other means of communication may not be available. By practicing emergency operations, amateurs can be ready to continue to provide communications to the community.

This year in conjunction with the Valley Amateur Radio Association, we will be operating from the Rockingham County Fair Grounds. We encourage visitors to see first hand one facet of this exciting hobby

The club presently owns and operates three repeaters in the Shenandoah Valley: 

  1. The K4MRA repeater on 444.600 has been relocated to the Massanutten Peak east of Harrisonburg. It is currently back on the air with the permanent antenna. Check it out and let us know if you were able to access the repeater.
  2. The 145.130 repeater is located on Massanutten Peak east of Harrisonburg.
  3. The 147.315 repeater is located on Great Northern Mountain west of Mount Jackson.

All three repeaters use standard offsets, and all three repeaters require CTCSS (PL) tone of 131.8 Hz.

Members of MARA generally come from Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, and Augusta counties, but membership is open to anyone interested in ham radio, regardless of residence.   You do not have to hold an FCC license to join the club.

MARA is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Service rules.  The club sponsors FCC amateur radio examinations, and provides information to individuals interesting in becoming licensed.   The club also sponsors many public-service activities to support other non-profit and charitable organizations in the Valley, and to provide communications practice and expertise to local hams.  The club is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League.

Club dues are $15.00 per calendar year.   The dues support the operation and maintenance of the club’s repeaters, corporate charter renewals, liability insurance premium, and activities such as the club’s annual Field Day. Field Day is held jointly with the Valley Amateur Radio Association (VARA) which meets in Staunton (20 miles south of Harrisonburg) on the first Tuesday of each month.

Monthly meetings are open to everyone, and visitors are especially welcome.  You do not need to be a club member to attend the meetings.

For more information, contact one of the club officers.

The club can also be reached by mail at:  MARA, PO Box 1882, Harrisonburg, VA 22801